The amazing, long-toed feet of the Jacana let it walk across water lilies and other flimsy, floating vegetation. This behaviour is the source of its common name – the Lily-trotter. The minimalist nest floats on swamp vegetation. The tiny chicks from hatching can run and dive amongst the floating vegetation that is their home. The parents will sometimes carry eggs, or hatchlings, to other, safer areas when threatened.
Immature Comb-crested Jacana (Irediparra gallinacea) hunting on waterlilies. Lakeside Avenue Park, Springfield Lakes, Queensland, Australia. NIKON D500 + Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 1/640 @ f/7.1 ISO 1800 @ 750 mm (effective FL).
This was taken with my Nikon Coolpix L810 on a lake in Hervey Bay Qld.
Photographer: Angela Woltmann
Fogg Dam Northern Territory.
Camera Nikon D750, lens Nikkor 80-400mm at 400mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec, ISO-560, handheld